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Artist Profile: Mauricio J Rodriguez

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Mauricio J. Rodriguez

Bass player, composer, producer, and educator, Mauricio J Rodriguez is one of the finest musicians of his generation in Cuba.  He was a member of Fervet Opus jazz quartet, one of the most important Latin jazz bands in Cuba in the 80’s, touring around the world to many festivals and concert including The Havana Latin Jazz Festival, Jamboree, Bratislava, Spain, and Moscow, among others.

In 1994 he moved to Venezuela with the string quintet Union under a contract with the Venezuelan Cultural Ministry to participate in the Youth Symphony System as a professor and consultant. For more than six years he taught at the Aragua Conservatory and was the Master of the Aragua’s Symphony Orchestra double bass section.

In 2001 he moved to the USA where his performance was well received in the music community inviting him to perform with different bands and ensembles, among them are Néstor Torres, Marty Morell, Guisando Caliente Latin Jazz, Renesito Avich, Daniel Giron Trio, Tomasito Cruz, and Fusion Beat, among others.

His degrees include a Master of Music Performance from University of South Florida and studies at the University of Miami in Jazz Studio Writing.

As a composer, his music has been performed around the world, from Symphony orchestras to soloists. He is the composer of Love and Betrayal, a fantasy about themes from Carmen by Bizet for two Double Basses and symphony orchestra, work premiered by the Miami Symphony Orchestra on March 19, 2017. As orchestrator he was commissioned by Chi-chi Nwanoku from Chineke! Foundation to orchestrate ‘Au penchant qui nous entrâine’ by Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) which was performed at the Prom 62, 2017, BBC Proms.

He currently hold the position of Composer-in-Residence of The Miami Symphony Orchestra and The Miami International Academy of the Bass.

As an educator, he was a member of the Cuban National Commission of Evaluation for the Artistic Sector (Music), a consultant for the national commission of schools of music, and member of the National Union of Writers and Artist of Cuba (UNEAC). Currently, he is at Saint Leo University as an Adjunct professor of music.

Mauricio J Rodriguez Project

After many years of attempting to find a personal voice that could describe my approach to expressing my influences and development as a musician, I have arrived with this production, Luz. Fortunately, friendship came in my support, and I am fortunate to have had Vicente Viloria as a co-producer, who also brought four original songs to this production. Many thanks to all my friends and colleagues musicians for contributing to this project with their talent and musicianship. I am very honored. However, there is no music if it will not satisfy the most critical factor from the formula, you, the listener. My greatest wish is to please you with the music presented in this album, and I hope you will have an enjoyable experience listening to it. – Mauricio J Rodriguez

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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Artist Profile: Adrien Brandeis

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Pianist, composer, Adrien Brandeis
Jazz pianist and composer, Adrien Brandeis

Adrien Brandeis is a french jazz pianist and composer born in Annecy. After studying at the Nice conservatory, he moved to Paris in 2018 to study with Manuel Rocheman and graduated from the CRR conservatory in Paris.

In 2017, he produced and released his first album in quintet Euforia, which had great recognition and international success after performing in Asia (Jazzmandu Festival in Nepal, Kolkata International Jazz Festival in India).

Euforia put Adrien Brandeis, in the spotlight of the Jazz scene, and led him to be awarded the prestigious Letter One Rising Stars Jazz Award 2018. This award, which recognizes the best young European jazz artist of the year, opened the doors for him to share his music on the biggest European stages during the summer of 2019: Nice Jazz Festival (France), Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy), Leopolis Jazz Festival (Ukraine), Love Supreme Jazz Festival (England), Heineken Jazzaldia Festival (Spain), Kongsberg Jazz Festival (Norway), JazzOpen Stuttgart (Germany).

Adrien Brandeis: Euforia
Adrien Brandeis: Euforia

Subsequently, he toured Mexico to present Euforia in trio, at the International Jazz and Blues Festival of Zacatecas 2019 and in several theaters in the center of the country.

On the French scene, he has won numerous awards: first prize at the Jazz à Juan 2017, public prize at the Jazz 2017 in Porquerolles, among others.

In Paris, he has collaborated with numerous musicians such as Orlando Poleo, Inor Sotolongo, Damian Nueva, Arnaud Dolmen, Abraham Mansfaroll, Felipe Cabrera and Philippe Ciminato.

Very attached to Latin music, he went to study in Havana, Cuba, with Ernán López-Nussa to perfect his piano skills, in September 2019.

These trips and experiences enriched his piano playing and allowed him to write his second album Meetings, a quartet album with Damian Nueva, Arnaud Dolmen, Inor Sotolongo and special guest Orlando Poleo.

Adrien Brandeis featuring Orlando Poleo: Meetings
Adrien Brandeis featuring Orlando Poleo: Meetings

Meetings, released in October 2020, allows him to move towards a more modern sound while maintaining a certain freshness. It was selected as one of the best jazz albums in France in 2020 by TSF Jazz radio.

In 2021, Meetings is presented more than 30 times; including festivals and clubs in France (Altitude Jazz Festival, Festival Jazz en Sol Mineur, Festival Musique en Cour, Duc des Lombards) as well as in Mexico (Festival Internacional de Polanco, Festival Internacional de Irapuato, Ciclo de Jazz del Forum Cultural Guanajuato, Festival EuroJazz, Festival Cultural de Mayo in Jalisco).

After two tours in Mexico in May and November 2021, where he was very well received by the Mexican public, he created a strong bond with this country and was fascinated by its culture and the places he visited.

It is then, that he decided to record his third album Siempre más allá, a testimony of his experiences and his personal tribute to Mexico.

Adrien Brandeis: Siempre Más Allá
Adrien Brandeis: Siempre Más Allá

This album was recorded as a quartet, with the musicians with whom he had shared the stage a few months before: Giliard Lopes (Brazil), José Loria Triay (Mexico) and Roberto Vizcaíno Jr. (Cuba).

Roberto Jr. Vizcaino, Adrien Brandeis, Roberto Vizcaino Guillot, Giliard Lopes, Pepe Triay - Photo: Nayeli Mejia.
Roberto Jr. Vizcaíno, Adrien Brandeis, Roberto Vizcaíno Guillot, Giliard Lopes, Pepe Triay – Photo: Nayeli Mejia.

He also had the collaboration of two great Cuban musicians of the international jazz scene: Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and Roberto Vizcaíno Guillot.

In the summer of 2022, he had outstanding participations in the A to jazz Festival (Bulgaria), Jazz à Toulon (France) as well as a special invitation to the San Jose Summer Jazz Festival (USA). He even had the opportunity to arrange and present his music in Piano Solo in Portugal and England.

YouTube Video – Adrien Brandeis – Siempre más allá (EPK)

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